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Become a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor – Free Courses Available

(Mullica Hill, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson encouraged residents who are interested in volunteering to become a certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor.  Gloucester County and Salem County are partnering in this education program.
Damminger said, “In the event that a disaster strikes, we need volunteers who become part of an Emergency Response Network and respond to the needs of our communities.  We will provide the training free of cost to those who wish to volunteer.”
A Disaster Response Crisis Counselor or DRCC does not need to have a clinical background according to Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services. 
Jefferson said, “Trainings provide technical support and knowledge necessary to provide psychological first aid and information and referral services if called upon during an emergency.  We are looking to certify twenty individuals to be counselors and ready to serve if they are called upon.”
To register for training, visit: njdisasterresponsecrisiscounselor.org
All four trainings are required for certification and are free of charge:
Introduction to Disaster and Trauma Counseling - Wednesday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Location: Gloucester County Library 389 Wolfert Station Road Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Key Concepts in Psychological First Aid  - Wednesday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Location: Gloucester County Library 389 Wolfert Station Road Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Cross Cultural Issues in Disaster Response and Recovery - Wednesday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Location: Queen of Apostles Church 391 South Broadway Pennsville, NJ 08070
Ethical Issues in Crisis Response - Wednesday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location:Queen of Apostles Church 391 South Broadway Pennsville, NJ 08070
For more information, contact:
Becky Foraker, Mental Health Administrator bforaker@co.gloucester.nj.us 856-384-6889
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